Brewed by Microbrouwerij Achilles
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Heist op den Berg-Itegem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This hearty amber brew, well-balanced and warming, is the brewer's special celebration of this wonderful season, when the herald angels sing. A Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all, from Brouwerij Achilles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours a fully clouded ruby hued orange. Nose is laden with sugar and also a nutty touch almost. Flavor is thick with sugar and funk. Spice edge on the back side. Nice and even and smooth. Level feel for both liquid and carbonation. A good one to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
33 cl. bottle. Cloudy orange/amber with a moussy off-white head. Aroma of bready/bicuity malts with light fruity esters, banana yeast and dusty spice. Slightly sweet bready malt with pear, apple, white grape and banana. Herbal hops and spice lead to a mostly dry finish. Finely carbonated. Fairly decent, though nothing extraordinary for a Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (7080) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This copper ale poured with a frothy white head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The flavor is yeasty, spicy and fruity with a sharp bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Lightly hazed bronze to copper colored brew. Tall ecru head. Light sweet aromas with fermenting fruit, bananas and pears, roses and a touch of orange zest. Not nearly as sweet as the scent suggest. Some caramel and exotic fruits mamboing about, but not the sticky stuff that the nose hints at. Alcohol is rather present. Let this set on the tongue and the nasal passages are filled with the alcohol vapors and a touch of nail polish remover. Not enough depth for all the alcohol. The stomach is starting to burn. I was really hoping for a little better showing in this one. Just one of those nights.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
From an 11.2 oz bottle this poured a cloudy amber with a white head and good lacing. Nose of citrus, bananas, and apples. Medium mouthfeel. Favor of caramel malts, fruits, and spices. Nice enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast, spices and sweetness. Flavor of yeast, spices and sweetness, there’s an unpleasant acrid flavor in the end. The body is medium with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (657) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Delayed entry from Tasting at Holiday Beerfest in Omaha: Medium amber pour with a pretty good whitish head. Aroma is very sweet with accents of light citrus fruits...nicely done! Flavor is very good...caramel malts, some spice (nutmeg noted), light fruits (peach noted), with a warming aftertaste. Good mouthfeel. One of the best I tried at the tasting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3891) - - JAN 21, 2008
pours a clear amber with medium sized white head. light fruit(peach, apple) aroma. flavor is also fruity with peach and apple. hints of spice and bready yeast. another above average brew from achilles but nothing too exciting either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4871) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 11.2 oz bottle. Slightly murky red-amber color. Deliciously creamy and mellow despite the ABV. A little candi sugar sweetness graces the tongue, and it finishes light and airy, with a perfect amber malt taste. Awesome beer. Must...get...more..Achilles...beers....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Rich caramel amber with a big light beige head. Malty, caramel aroma with yeast and spice and slight fruitiness. Caramel malt flavor with yeast, spice, and light citrus. Medium body - high carbonation. Lingering toffee, spice, light citrus. Nice balance and complexity. More peppery phenolic as it warms.

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